Highland Hellcat: Scottish Highlands Trilogy, Book two Mass Market Paperback – Oct 5 2010
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"Among the intrigue of clan power, there is a wonderful love story." A Night Owl Romance Reviewer Top Pick! (Night Owl Romance 2010-07-15)
A vibrant tale of romance and resourcefulness, love and loyalty, and hard work and humor. (Romance Reader at Heart 2010-07-19)
Wine's stories are rich with historical detail and her characters are fully developed. Highland Hellcat uses the popular captive/captor theme to the fullest as Wine's tale is one that pulls readers in. (Jill Brager RT Book Reviews 2010-08-25)
The writing, as always, is fantastic, and the dialogue will make you wither and melt... When you're craving a historical romance with heat, passion, and characters you won't soon forget, Mary Wine is an author you can trust to deliver. (The Long and Short of It 2010-09-17)
Readers will long for a part in this vividly enchanting story and dream of the characters as if they were real. (Suite 101 Romance Fiction 2010-09-27)
Entertaining. A fascinating read... If you love Highlander's... you'll love this one. (Anna's Book Blog 2010-09-27)
If you've never read Mary Wine's books and love Scottish Highland romances this is a MUST READ. You won't be disappointed. (Moonlight to Twilight Blog 2010-09-29)
Very strong, very brave characters who do not lack daring or passion... Watching the [hero and heroine] shoot sparks at each other will have the reader flipping the pages. (Coffee Time Romance 2010-10-06)
This is a book that you won't soon forget. The plot is engaging and full of surprises. It's a fast paced romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. (Debbie's Book Bag 2010-10-07)
The slow and gentle wooing is near erotic yet sweet and beautiful in the tenderness of their first love encounter. The plot moves at a good pace with a nice blend of romance and action. (Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf 2010-10-07)
An outstanding voice in the world of historical romance... this book is pure escapism. (Queen of Happy Endings 2010-10-07)
A wonderful historical novel with dashing heroes and strong women. Clan intrigue comes into play as power struggles emerge. Fantastic use of an interesting time in Scotland's history. (Night Owl Romance 2010-10-07)
Any lover of historical romances who gravitates toward the stories with strong female leads needs to pick up "Highland Hellcat", you will not be sorry. (Best Romance Stories 2010-10-13)
Wine has managed to take an old tried and true story line and breathe fresh air into it; giving it new life with intriguing characters, passionate, tension-filled romance, and a well researched history. (Fresh Fiction 2010-10-14)
Cunning doesn't shy away from turning up the heat some of the scenes were off the charts HOT. (Just Erotic Romance Reviews 2010-10-14)
A historical romance that will leave you breathless. (Thoughts in Progress 2010-10-18)
Mary Wine is quickly becoming my favorite Highland romance writer. (Books Like Breathing 2010-10-18)
[Wine] has an amazing eye for detail. Readers will find themselves completely immersed within the story, and fully able to visualize the characters, their clothes, their surroundings and what they are doing. The historical facts she puts into the book are fascinating! (History Undressed 2010-10-20)
If you're like me an you enjoy a good romance involving men in kilts, then Highland Hellcat is a wonderful choice. (Books and Quilts 2010-10-26)
The slow and gentle wooing is near erotic yet sweet and beautiful in the tenderness of their first love encounter. (Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf 2010-10-27)
A fantastic historical romance that will whisk you away to a simpler time when chivalry was not dead, warriors loved as hard as they battled, and your word was stronger than any parchment it was scrolled on. (Love Romance Passion 2010-10-28)
Wine's novel allows the plots/characters to guide the book, all the while placing in the perfect amount of romance. (The Royal Reviews 2010-10-29)
Mary Wine has once again transported me to the ruggedly beautiful Highlands of Scotland for another adventurous and emotional medieval journey with clan and political intrigue aplenty and a love story that warmed my romantic heart. (The Romance Dish 2010-11-01)
About the Author
Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives with her husband and two sons in Yorba Linda, California.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
"Come, my beauty, we shall see if we can impress anyone tonight with our skill."
What a leading first line. Author Mary Wine had my attention. I was envisioning a darkly handsome highlander whispering those words to a bevy of buxom barmaids. Not to be, these were the very words of Brina Chattan, soon to be nun, the third daughter of Robert Chattan, Laird of Chattan Castle. As I continued to read I became intrigued by this young woman who had grown up knowing that she was to become a nun and was destined to become the mother superior. Yes, Brina is a strong willed, and very capable young woman, but what's she doing in a romance. I kept reading and very quickly the plot started to unveil some unseemly events involving one of her elder sisters.
From this point on I couldn't read fast enough. I had an inkling of an impending change in Brina's future, but couldn't guess how it was going to come about. Then I met Connor Lindsey, Laird of Clan Lindsay, and promised Brina's sister Deirdre in marriage. I felt a sympathy for Connor from the moment he was introduced. I was firmly on his side and knew that he would do what ever was required to avenge his honour and that of his clan.
Brina and Connor were both characters with strong personalities that would lead to clashes and adventure, perfect for what I needed from this book. I wasn't disappointed. There were several unexpected twists and turns in the plot that kept this book from being predictable. At those points I couldn't figure out how Ms.Read more ›
A beautiful romance emotionally rich with her characters, Connor and Brina.
If your are a fan of Mary Wine and have read the first book "To conquer a Highlander" then you will love this book.
I love this author for her style of writing and the hight drama of her characters in this trilogy.
Mary Wine wrote a sensual, passionate, romantic, intense and breathtaking romance. You will enjoy every minute with this charming and
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I was looking forward to this story because of the hero....to see him get his day in the sun so to speak...going from an intriguing secondary character to primary hero. Unfortunately, I felt that Connor took the backseat to his heroine Brina, and the book focused more on her and her motivations than Connor's. I was disappointed that so much of the focus of the book was on Brina....even though I did like her as a heroine.
Much of the story is dedicated to Brina, and her unwavering belief that she cannot marry Connor (even though she grows to love him) without her father's consent and be able to keep her honor. Honor is very important to Brina. Honor, honor, honor. By the end of the book I wanted her to throw her honor out the window. I was frustrated by the need to reiterate this again and again. Instead I wished the reader would have been given more moments where Brina realized the freedom that fate has gifted her with instead of being given to a convent. I wanted her to realize that her training to become a mother superior wasn't in vain, that she could employ that training as the laird's wife...and all of the power and good she could do in that role. Brina fought so hard against marrying Connor to save her honor, that she seemed to have missed the point that she could have her cake (Connor) and eat it too (power and importance of a mother superior in her role as laird's wife). I wanted her to waiver more between her love vs her honor. If she couldn't have both I wanted her to choose Connor...I didn't come away from the story convinced of that.
Because Connor was born out of wedlock (but to two loving parents who later married) his illegitimacy, and his need to prove to his people that he is the right man to lead his clan, he needed to have a wife whose purity was above reproach. However, by capturing Brina and taking her outside of the bonds of marriage, could cause any children that they could be subjected to the same stigma and treatment Connor himself received...and what he was so desperate to avoid in his own marriage and offspring. In the end he goes against what he feels that his clan needs because he loved her...at least that is what I am assuming because this was barely addressed in the book, but felt that it should have played a larger part in the story since he refused to marry Brina's sister because of her impurity. I felt that it at least should have held the same amount of importance as Brina's honor.
Besides those two sticking points, I really enjoyed the historical tidbits that were interwoven into the story. Bath houses, the political unrest at the time due to a king that was a child, the importance of the role of each daughter born to man such as a laird. I wanted to like Highland Hellcat more than I actually did. I couldn't wait to read Connor's story, but after reading it I was completely indifferent to him as a hero in Hellcat. In the end too much of the story revolved around Brina's honor, and since she was the main focus of the story I didn't feel like she grew enough as a heroine to make up for the lack of character in Connor, which is why I felt this was just an average romance with little to set it above a mediocre love story...I was saddened by that.
Overall: 3.0 stars
Sensuality level: 2.75
Connor Lindsay is planned to marry Deirdre Chattan, but she has been naught and he is upset but still need the alliance but without people doubting if his children are his. So he does what every good highlander would do, kidnaps her virtuous sister that is on her way to a convent. Sparks will fly.
Yay more bride stealing business, this one should be called the bride stealing series. I do like those rugged highlanders stealing brides, but only if they are nice to them. And Connor at once see that Brina is more than just a meek woman raised to be a nun, she can hunt, and she is a hellcat. But at the same time she has learnt nothing about men, and every touch makes her skittish. But who would not melt when a handsome man in a kilt sets out to seduce her, and he is so honourable too, he wants to marry her, but it's she who says no. She has promised her father to become a nun. I do like that it's he who wants her so much, and she who wants to keep that promise.
A lot of other things are happening too, her father is upset, a daughter of his must become a bride of Christ, one sister is not happy about her upcoming marriage, there is the Deirdre scandal (and she is the heroine of book 3, I wonder if her man will steal her away). A neighbouring clan has Connor's sister captive, and he fears they will attack his lands. But mostly it is a about a woman and a man, falling in love, finding passion, and trying to figure out how they can be together.
The negative part is the trouble I have with most Scottish Highlander books, the accent, kind of wish that would be skipped.
Other than that is was a romantic, and sometimes steamy book. It goes without saying, a highlander is a devil in bed. And a hellcat, she takes some time to be tamed.
Final thoughts: A good story about a highlander stealing his bride.
Brina Chattan is the youngest of the Chattan daughters. Promised to the church, Brina knows her purpose in life. Of three daughters, Brina has easily accepted the reality of her father's promise to the abbey. Though she is feisty and strong-willed, Brina believes that she will bring some good to the church and Scotland. But when her sister Deirdre, who is promised to marry Connor Lindsey, escapes one night to seek passion in the arms of a Douglas man, the life Brina has grown to know changes forever. Connor has his own agenda for marrying a Chattan daughter. His sister has been abducted by the Douglas clan and they refuse to return her. He needs to form strong reputable relationships with the other Highlanders and the Chattan clan is just where he wants to start. But after he discovers Deirdre has betrayed him, he sets off to secure his alliance even if it means stealing the bride of Christ himself.
On her way to the abbey with her father, Brina is stolen from her clan by Laird Lindsey. She is shocked that a man would dare commit such a crime to gain an allegiance. She demands and fights to be taken to the abbey to become a nun but Connor refuses. He is surprised to learn firsthand that Brina is a hellcat, not a woman to be taken lightly.
For the better part of the book, the two remain in a constant battle. She refuses to relent to be his wife, and he refuses to return her back to her father. The alpha male and the hellcat made for some interesting scenes. I enjoyed the banter and quick dialogue between the characters.
Since Brina has been raised to prepare herself for the church, she has never had certain luxuries in life. When she arrives at the Lindsey compound, she has to adapt to being waited on and being viewed as the mistress of the house. I love how she slowly becomes exposed to the real world and enjoys the simple treasures of life.
The first touch of his lips was soul shattering. She jerked, her hands coming up to plant solidly against his chest and push with every ounce of strength that she had. She twisted her face away from his, escaping from the kiss for a moment.
"No one has ever kissed me!" she shrieked, unable to remain composed. She struck out at him, her nails trying to find something soft to dig into."
"A fact that needs changing."
Though Connor is a true alpha male, he realizes Brina is not only innocent in flesh but innocent to the world at large. I appreciated that he is strong-willed, making sure Brina knows he will not change his mind, but his approach to getting her to agree to be his bride is slow.
In spite of her temper, his voice remained controlled and husky. He leaned down and placed another soft kiss against her cheek. "Admit that ye enjoy it, Brina. I swear that I do as well, for ye lips are as sweet as honey."
She shivered, the dark promise in his voice threatening to lure her away like a fairy song from legend.
"But... it's... sinful..."
The love scenes are beautiful and descriptive. Connor is skillful in making sure Brina enjoys the passions between the sheets.
If you enjoy a good Highland story, then Highland Hellcat is worth picking up.
Before I tell you about it, I just gotta say, the cover is wrong. The hero, Conner Lindsey, who we met in the first book, has "golden hair and blue eyes," not black as pictured (what was the cover artist thinking?) Neither does the heroine, Brina, have dark brown hair. I had to wait until page 122 to find out her hair was "darker" than Conner's, which suggests she has dark blonde or light brown hair--but no precise hair color was ever stated. Then finally on p. 154, I learn she has blue eyes. I'm very visual so that left me totally frustrated for 150 pages trying to picture her.
The story opens without a date, but we can assume it is near 1437 since it begins as the first book ends and Conner Lindsey, laird of the Lindsey clan, is just going to see about his betrothed, Deirdre, the eldest daughter of the laird Chattan. Unfortunately, Deirdre has been seduced by his enemy, Melor Douglas, and is thus unacceptable as it was important to Conner the sire of his heirs not be in question. The middle daughter is promised to another laird so that leaves the youngest, Brina, who is promised to the church. Connor steals her (not unlike how Torin stole his bride in book #1--in fact, the same method of tying Brina to Conner is used), and takes her back to his castle, Birch Stone, intending to wed her.
Brina is supposed to be a "hellcat" who insists she will not become Conner's bride, but with their first kiss on the first day they meet that seems to go out the window. Ok, she did scratch him and tried to escape, but her resistance to him was never really in question. Frankly, I was hoping for more of a fight on her part. She folded like an accordion. Then she toys with him, kissing him only to pull away. Isn't that a bit coy for a future nun? In a scene that seemed a bit contrived, they end up outside the castle at night and are stuck inside a cave-like cell, where with Brina's total cooperation, he takes her innocence. That didn't seem believable. When he insists on doing the honorable thing, which he intended from the beginning, she tells him she will not wed him without her father's blessing. What? Even if she could be carrying his child? It seemed inconsistent with her fear he might take her virtue and then not wed her. Very confusing. At that point, I just couldn't find it in my heart to like her. Nor did her actions seem consistent with a girl who was committed to the church. I realize her heart was never in being a nun, but still. Lastly, I agree with those reviewers who commented on the frequent "growling" and "snarling"--not only by the men, but the women. What's with that? That was a bit bizarre.
On the positive side, Wine writes very well and she has taken care with the history. It's not just set in Scotland but there is an historical framework of some interest for the novel, in this case the time when James II was still a youth and the Douglas effectively ruled. She also includes details that give us a clear picture of the living conditions of the time. It was an entertaining read and I can recommend it.